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Schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Erie County Department of Health sites
Tue, Apr 13th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has launched an online system for scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments at county-run sites.
Maple Grove Cemetery meeting
Tue, Apr 13th 2021 02:10 pm
A Maple Grove Cemetery meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road. Cold beverages will be provided.
Grand Island: 5-day school resumes April 26 for elementary students
Tue, Apr 13th 2021 08:45 am
Grand Island's elementary school students head back to the classroom five days a week starting Monday, April 26.
Town of Grand Island to be lead agency for Acquest project
Sat, Apr 10th 2021 07:00 am
The Town Board voted Monday night to be the lead agency for Acquest Development Co. in its quest to put a 1.1-million-square-foot distribution facility on Long Road at a site Amazon withdrew from last August.
Fire-damaged Niagara Sailing Club is torn down
Sat, Apr 10th 2021 07:00 am
April 3 was another tough day for members of the Niagara Sailing Club.
Local chefs cook up Alzheimer's fundraiser
Sat, Apr 10th 2021 07:00 am
Food is universal and connects us to our most cherished moments. Whether it be a holiday meal, a celebratory dinner, an original recipe or a dish passed down through generations, food connects us to moments we never want to lose.
Town of Grand Island OKs police reform plan, advisory board
Sat, Apr 10th 2021 07:00 am
The Town Board approved a Police Reform Action Plan for the Grand Island Police Department in a public hearing during its regular Monday night meeting.
Obituary: Julia Greco
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 11:35 am
Julia Greco (nee Halicki), age 72, of Grand Island, entered into rest March 26, 2021, after a short but courageous battle with COVID-19.
COVID-19: 'South African variant' detected in Erie County samples
Fri, Apr 9th 2021 08:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health has learned two COVID-19 samples from residents were identified as containing the COVID-19 B.1.351 "South Africa variant of concern."
Erie County microenterprise loan/grant program aids small businesses
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 07:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, in conjunction with the Erie County Business Task Force, continues to boost small business in Erie County with the microenterprise loan/grant program, providing microenterprises with five employees or fewer up to $35,000 in a loan/grant to build their business.
Erie County: Additional COVID-19 variants of concern detected in samples
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 10:15 pm
Following the news last week that COVID-19 "California" variants had been detected in samples from Erie County residents, the Erie County Department of Health said additional variants of concern were found in specimens sequenced this week by the University at Buffalo's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
Erie County Department of Health, Central Police Services warning: Counterfeit pills can kill
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 10:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is reminding residents that counterfeit pills containing fentanyl are being distributed within the community.
Turkey caught breaking and entering in Erie County
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:55 pm
On March 23, an Erie County woman had a rude awakening when a turkey broke into her home. The woman heard a large bang and crash from her upstairs bedroom and discovered a turkey had busted through a glass window. The woman confined the bird to an upstairs bathroom by closing the door until New York State Department of Environmental Conservation police officer Machnica arrived to assist. The turkey flew around the bathroom, crashing into mirrors and walls, leaving broken glass everywhere.
Buffalo Central Terminal to hold public meeting on community vision
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:55 pm
The Buffalo Central Terminal will hold a public meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, to share a vision and redevelopment strategy for the terminal and grounds, created in partnership with the local community.
Erie County district attorney commemorates office's bicentennial
Thu, Apr 1st 2021 09:50 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his office, along with Erie County, will celebrate its bicentennial on Friday. Flynn, who is serving as 41st DA for Erie County, commemorates the work of past DA and prosecutors by sharing history of the office.
Sumitomo Rubber USA will invest $122 million to increase Town of Tonawanda plant's production capabilities
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 05:35 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced Sumitomo Rubber USA will be investing $122 million in its Town of Tonawanda plant, resulting in 30 new jobs. The capital investment by SRUSA will include a major replacement of and upgrades to production and other equipment.
ECDOH Narcan training schedule for spring
Tue, Mar 30th 2021 04:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force are announcing the spring schedule for trainings on recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and on using Narcan and naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose.
Grand Island parent group sues to open schools
Sat, Mar 27th 2021 07:00 am
A group of Grand Island parents is taking a stand against the state's reopening guidance that has kept students from attending school more than two days a week.
Viking Diner closes
Sat, Mar 27th 2021 07:00 am
The Viking Diner has closed its doors, and building owner Dave Mazur is advertising the site as available for a new tenant as a turn-key operation.
Following 5 suspected overdose deaths in 24 hours, ECDOH urges public to 'never use alone'
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 05:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is strongly advising Erie County residents that drugs in the area are not what they seem.
Lion pride at Buffalo Zoo grows by 2
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 04:10 pm
The Buffalo Zoo is happy to announce the birth of two healthy lion cubs, born to mother Lusaka on March 7. The cub arrival day is extra special as they were born on their dad Tiberius's 8th birthday.
'California variants' detected in Erie County COVID-19 samples
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 02:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Friday announced five specimens collected from Erie County residents in January have been identified as containing COVID-19 "California variants." This comes from the genetic sequencing of nearly 1,000 specimens by the interdisciplinary team at the University at Buffalo's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
Erie County, partners offering rain barrels & compost bins
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 12:35 pm
Erie County, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, the Town of Wheatfield and the Western NY Stormwater Coalition, is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins to encourage households to reduce their environmental footprint through water conservation and reducing fertilizer use.
Grand Island students called to create cartoon map of Grand Island
Fri, Mar 26th 2021 10:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce challenges all Island students from grades 6 through 12 to create a cartoon map depicting local businesses. Prizes will be awarded to the top three maps in the contest supported by the Grand Island Historical Society, Grand Island Schools Business Alliance (GISBA) and the Orange Poppy Art Studio.
Grand Island: Townwide cleanup is April 24
Thu, Mar 25th 2021 07:00 am
Earth Day is Thursday, April 22.
Free food drive at Trinity Church
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:25 pm
On the last Sunday of the month, Trinity Church at 2100 Whitehaven Road will continue hosting a drive-thru food give-away. The next food drive takes place from 11a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 28, at the church's white building.
Pros, cons of Aquest plan debated in separate sessions
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
Acquest Development CEO Michael Huntress on Monday restated to the Town Board his company's proposal for building a single 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility on its 145-acre site at 2780 Long Road.
High hopes as Adrian's Custard & Beef opens for season
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
Adrian's Custard & Beef opened for the season on March 16, and is gearing up and staffing up to reopen its dining room soon.
Easter Bunny drive-thru visit is DeGlopper fundraiser
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:15 pm
When Megan Shores learned the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping the Easter Bunny away from his usual Grand Island indoor retail stops for the second straight holiday, she became concerned for her two children and others on Grand Island that COVID was now about to take away another Easter tradition.
'Paws for a Cause' pet drive benefits SPCA
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
The pets at SPCA Serving Erie County will be getting an extra serving of treats, toys and comfort items, thanks to hard work and dedication March 13 by the Junior DECA team of Veronica Connor Middle School.
Barn destroyed in Staley Road fire
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:10 pm
Fire destroyed a barn on Staley Road on March 12 and also resulted in a considerable loss of livestock who were trapped inside.
Grand Island Police Department drafting policy reform
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:05 pm
The Grand Island Police Department is finalizing with town attorneys a draft of its Police Reform Action Plan and will hold another public comment session before submitting the plan to the state by the April 1 deadline.
East Park Garden Club beautifying DeGlopper Memorial since 1962
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:05 pm
Members of the DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee enjoy talking about the many Town of Grand Island residents, businesses and organizations that have donated their time, resources or funds over the years to create what has been developed at the corner of Baseline Road and Grand Island Boulevard.
Island Dispatch's first subscriber still going strong at 98
Tue, Mar 23rd 2021 01:00 pm
As the Island Dispatch turns 77 years old this month, the newspaper is proud to still be in touch with its very first subscriber, lifelong Grand Island resident Donald B. Loder.
Grand Island: Fire at Niagara Sailing Club
Sat, Mar 20th 2021 10:25 pm
Members gathered together to console one another Saturday, as fire tore through the Niagara Sailing Club at 3619 E. River Road, Grand Island. The club flag was spared, and later hoisted up alongside the American flag.
Erie County DA urges governor, legislators to prioritize public safety in marijuana legalization
Thu, Mar 18th 2021 10:25 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn voiced his concerns about potential threats to public safety as state legislators create legislation to legalize adult use of recreational marijuana.
Grand Island school nurses get Zonta Yellow Rose award
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 11:00 pm
For Zonta women worldwide, March 8 is not only International Women's Day; it is also Zonta Yellow Rose Day. On this day, countries all over the world celebrate the achievements of women, while also acknowledging their ongoing quest for gender equality. In many countries, this day is also a national holiday. March 8 was designated Yellow Rose Day, by Zonta International in 1999 to celebrate women's achievements through the beauty of a yellow rose.
Attorney General James sues Erie County sheriff for allegedly failing to address rampant sexual misconduct in correctional facilities
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 02:40 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Erie County and Erie County Sherriff Timothy Howard for "failing to follow mandated procedures to timely and effectively address numerous allegations of sexual misconduct between corrections officers and incarcerated individuals at the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility."
ESD: Innovative pilot plant on Buffalo's East Side to create sustainable protein source for use in aquaculture feed
Wed, Mar 17th 2021 09:15 am
Empire State Development announced River Road Research is building a pilot plant on Buffalo's East Side that will transform food waste into a sustainable protein source useful in pet food, poultry and aquaculture feed.
Erie County DOH shares feedback from COVID-19 case investigations
Tue, Mar 16th 2021 02:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is sharing feedback from recent COVID-19 case investigations to inform Erie County residents of ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in workplaces and activities. Contact tracers have noted common case investigation trends that illustrate situations where COVID-19 is likely to spread.

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